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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.65%

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.65% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107), which rose 11.36% or 555.0 points to trade at 5440.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) added 7.58% or 510.0 points to end at 7240.0 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) was up 5.27% or 400.0 points to 7990.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T:4188), which fell 8.18% or 73.8 points to trade at 828.5 at the close. Softbank Group Corp. (T:9984) declined 5.10% or 301.0 points to end at 5599.0 and Yokogawa Electric Corp. (T:6841) was down 4.08% or 88.0 points to 2067.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2599 to 989 and 186 ended unchanged.

Shares in Softbank Group Corp. (T:9984) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.10% or 301.0 to 5599.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.94.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.39% or 0.91 to $66.48 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.41% or 0.97 to hit $69.84 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.41% or 7.30 to trade at $1777.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.38% to 113.18, while EUR/JPY rose 0.40% to 128.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 96.040.

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